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Artist Kayle Brandon reaches out to touch a branch during a foraging workshop in Roseneath Gardens, Stoke Gifford.

Roseneath Gardens, Stoke Gifford

Bricks delivered a public art programme for Roseneath Gardens, Stoke Gifford in South Gloucestershire; from Summer to Winter 2021.

This programme saw the creation of a new public artwork celebrating the native food and medicinal plants that grow in the community, through a series of free community workshops to allow local residents to engage with the creation of the artwork and learn about the local environment and its resources.

Foraging Workshops and Neighbourhood Explorations

During summer and autumn of 2021 local residents and community groups joined artist Kayle Brandon and herbalist Chris Roe on a series of neighbourhood creative explorations. Participants mapped the edible and medicinal plants living in the surrounding area and learned about their uses.

These explorations and workshops influenced a new tree planting plan and the creation of a local food map brass plaque which will be sited in the local park. Residents and visitors can take rubbings from the plaque to help them explore the native local food species for generations to come.

Roseneath Gardens, Hambrook Lane, Stoke Gifford BS34 8QF

Workshops:

Foraging Walk and Food Mapping

Saturday 21st August 2021, 11am to 2.30pm – this event has now passed

Artist Kayle Brandon and herbalist Chris Roe spent a morning with local residents exploring the local area finding, identifying, mapping and talking about native plants and their uses.

Looking for Sloes
Dodging the rain storms to find blackberries and elders

Medicinal Syrup Making, Natural Ink Dying & Cyanotype Printing

Saturday 11th September 2021, 11am to 2.30pm – this event has now passed

Residents, alongside Kayle and Chris, searched out local trees to forage natural material to make medicinal syrups with fantastic immune boosting properties, known to prevent and sooth symptoms of influenza & other winter viruses.

Workshop Images

Tree Planting & Food Map Celebration

Saturday 4th December 2021, 11am to 1pm

A celebration and unveiling of the local foraging food map. To celebrate the new plaque, four fruiting trees were planted by the community, alongside the taking of brass rubbings while drinking seasonal cider and apple juice!

Food Map Brass Rubbing
Community tree planting
Community tree planting

Kayle Brandon is a Bristol based artist who works with local people making artworks which are specific to sites, places and communities. She regularly work on projects looking at how people relate to place, environment and social politics. Christopher Roe is a Bristol based herbalist with an apothecary at Grow Wilder Bristol.

Kayle Brandon, artist
Chris Roe, herbalist

Artwork Location
Roseneath Gardens, Hambrook Lane, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8QF LOCATION LINK

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